Howard "Cowboy" Wooldridge, who lives in Fort Worth, was a Michigan police officer for 18 years, retiring as a detective. Like many in law enforcement, he determined that arresting people for drugs is a waste of time and pulls resources away from fighting real crime. Unlike most, however, he embarked on a committed crusade to change the drug laws. Wooldridge was one of the five founders of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and is founder and director of Citizens Opposing Prohibition (COP). Since 2005, Wooldridge has been one of the most effective advocates in Washington, D.C., for ending marijuana prohibition and the "war on drugs.”
With his horse, Misty, Wooldridge has twice ridden solo from coast to coast -- from Georgia to Oregon and from Los Angeles to New York City -- and as a result was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. Riding Misty, wearing a Western hat and a white T-shirt that reads, front and back, "Ask Me Why Cops Say Legalize Marijuana," Howard traveled throughout Colorado, working in support of the recently-passed Proposition 64 that legalizes and regulates marijuana use for citizens over 21. On the show we discuss Wooldridge's personal experiences in law enforcement, the recent successful campaigns in Colorado and Washington to reform the drug laws, and other issues related to the failed war on drugs.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 54:23.